6 Common Symptoms of Scoliosis

What are the common symptoms of scoliosis?

  1. Abnormal posture
  2. Bulge or deformity in the back
  3. Ill-fitting clothes
  4. Consistent back pain
  5. Fatigue after standing or sitting down
  6. Difficulty breathing and/or eating
Detecting scoliosis can be a challenge, especially for young adults. This is because symptoms are often subtle in the early stages of this condition — making them very easy to miss.  In fact, scoliosis in children often goes unnoticed until their late teen years, after their rapid growth phase. But knowing the warning signs can help you be more alert to this condition. Catching it in its early stages can help you correct the problem before it causes severe discomfort. Here are the common symptoms of scoliosis to look out for:

Abnormal posture

Abnormal posture One of the earliest and most visible signs of scoliosis is one’s posture. As the spine grows along a curve, it sends the shoulders, waist, and even the hips out of proper alignment. The result is a lack of symmetry in posture. This often becomes noticeable before the spinal curve itself does.  Problems with posture to keep an eye on are:
  • A tilted eye line.
  • Uneven shoulders.
  • A shoulder or shoulder blade that sticks out.
  • A hip that is sticking out or appears higher than the other.
  • A tilted rib cage.
  • Misaligned ears (when viewed from the side),
  • A body that leans towards one side.
  • One leg appears shorter than the other.
  • A slight limp or pronounced gait when walking.
  • Ribs that stick out during a full forward bend.

Bulge or deformity in the back

There might be a visible bulge or deformity on your back if you have scoliosis. This is caused by muscle rotation or rib cage rotation, as your body tries to adjust to your curved spine. If you do have this problem, this may also impact your ability to sit up or stand up straight.

Ill-fitting clothes

Changes to your posture can make your clothes seem like they are ill-fitting, or asymmetrical (even if they are not). For example, a shoulder blade sticking out can cause your shirt sleeve to seem tighter than the other. Or, tilted hips could make one pant leg hand lower than the other.  The more severe the curves in your spine are, the more difficult it will be to find clothes that fit properly. Make sure to keep an eye out if your clothes seem to have an uneven neckline, sleeves, hemline, or pant legs.

Consistent back pain

Consistent back pain Since scoliosis creates posture problems, it puts extra stress on certain parts of your back. This stress will eventually result in consistent discomfort — or even pain, in most cases. This pain will worsen as the curves continue to develop. For those with scoliosis, this pain can limit them from doing their normal activities. Luckily, a combination of the right pain relief medication, nutrient plans, and a scoliosis-specific physical therapy treatment program can help alleviate this pain.

Fatigue after standing or sitting down

Fatigue after standing or sitting down Do you start feeling fatigued after sitting down or standing up for some time? This might indicate that you have scoliosis. The more pronounced your curves become, the harder the muscles around your spine have to work to keep your body balanced. This is what causes you to feel tired more quickly than usual. 

Difficulty breathing and/or eating

Aside from exerting extra pressure on your muscles, scoliosis can also compress nearby organs.  Those with larger curves might have problems breathing because their spine is slowly compressing their lungs. This reduces the area in the chest where your lungs can expand, which causes shortness of breath. The same thing can also happen to your stomach. If you feel like you get full very quickly, even without eating much, then it might be because your curved spine is pressing down on your stomach. This will make you feel full, even if the stomach itself is not.

Key Takeaway

If you see any of these common symptoms of scoliosis, it’s best to seek a professional opinion. Doing so might help you get diagnosed with scoliosis in its early stages — which will make a big difference when it comes to the effectiveness of your treatments.  That said, a scoliosis diagnosis doesn’t always mean you need surgery. You can seek nonsurgical treatment instead, such as chiropractic care. If you’re interested in learning more about this option, and whether it’s the right one for you, contact Chiropractic Philippines today. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you have, and help you set an appointment! 
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Written By: Dr. Benedicto Luz Adorable III

Dr. Ben is the CEO and Founder of Philippine Chiropractic Healthcare Specialist. He has a Doctorate Degree of Chiropractic from Parker College of Chiropractic.

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